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France asked to explain support for alleged rapist in India

Published on Feb 6, 2013 10:09 AM

PARIS (AFP) - An Indian mother whose daughter was allegedly raped by her French father has asked France's Foreign Ministry to explain why their diplomats are providing support for him but not the little girl.

In a case threatening to overshadow President Francois Hollande's scheduled visit to India next week, lawyers acting for Ms Suja Jones Mazurier have asked the ministry to investigate the conduct of senior officials at the the French Consulate in Bangalore.

The father, Pascal Mazurier, who worked at the consulate, was charged in June 2012 with the rape of his three-year-old daughter.

He was released on bail in October but continues to face the rape charge and has been forced to surrender his passport.

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